A while back I had seen an ad come up on one of my social media feeds touting these new "blue light blocking" glasses, and how beneficial they were if you stare at a screen all day (like I definitely do).
So I started to take a look into them, and what was out there, and what people were saying about them.
"The light yellow tint lens can effectively block harmful blue-light from digital devices. No worry about eyestrain, blurred vision and headache."
Too much exposure to blue light at night suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycles. ... As scientists learn more about potential problems of blue light, blue light blocking glasses have gained popularity as a way to subdue digital eye strain and avoid disrupted sleep cycle
A debate is raging over the beneficial and damaging effects of blue light. On the one hand, blue light can be a helpful tool in combating seasonal depression and insomnia. On the other hand, blue light can permanently damage the human eye. (This is a great breakdown on what "blue light" is)
The most common reasons I have seen people reach for these blue light blocking glasses is for headaches and sleep.
My sleep generally is great as I have implemented great sleeping habits (no devices before bed or in the bedroom, dark room, no eating three hours before bed, no TV in the bedroom, relaxing reading before bed), but I do suffer from some occasional minor headaches, so I thought I would give some a try.
I used to wear glasses, but had corrective laser eye surgery 9 years ago. Every time I go in for eye exams, I see all these beautiful styles that weren't available when I wore glasses. I first found a more expensive "designer" type brand, but couldn't swallow the price tag, so went to the next best place - Amazon - I found this cute pair to try that I felt ok with the price.
When I first got them, I was actually quite impressed with the quality - with Amazon you don't know if something will be absolute junk or not.
I have to admit, I really like them on even as fashion frames, and have worn them into town as well (and got a few compliments!)
You can definitely notice how the blue tones are not visible - it just takes a shift of your head to see the blues get muted and covered in yellow.
I've tried wearing them all day, just in the evening to watch TV, or even just when I remember to put them on when I grab my phone after the sun goes down.
Do they actually work to stop the eye strain and headaches? I would say yes, but as to what degree, I didn't have a strong base to compare to.
If you suffer from headaches or migraines - for the cost, it wouldn't hurt to give them a try. If you are suffering from insomnia or have a hard time getting to sleep? They could be a part of your sleep hygiene routine, but there is more that you could and should be doing to ensure a healthy, restorative sleep.
If you want some help figuring either of these out? You know where to find me.
In the mean time, I'm going back to Amazon to find some more cute frames. Husband kind of likes the "nerdy teacher" look.